9
Feb
2005

Help establish a U.S. DEPARTMENT OF PEACE

From: Angus

Help Establish a U.S. Department of Peace! A Call to Action

September 14th, 2005

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

On September 14th, 2005, legislation to establish a U. S. Department of Peace will be re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The primary function of a United States Department of Peace will be to research, articulate and facilitate nonviolent solutions to domestic and international conflict. The Department of Peace will employ proven and effective strategies for reducing violence in our country and around world, including nonviolent communication skills, conflict resolution techniques and cultural relationship building.

Learn more at The Peace Alliance website:
//www.ThePeaceAlliance.org

We need your support to help make this bill law -- by calling, faxing and/or emailing your representative and also by spreading the word to everyone you know (you can copy this alert and forward to your email address book.)

Nothing you can do will have as much impact as contacting your member of Congress on, right before or after, Wednesday, September 14th. Further instructions are given below.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

*** CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE *** Contact your Representative at the U.S. capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121. To find your Representative, visit //www.vote-smart.org Tell the staffer who answers your call that you want your Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Department of Peace legislation. Request a written response explaining your member's position and the reasoning behind it. (You can call your local office as well.) It is most effective if you call the D.C. office first, then follow-up with a fax or email.

*** WRITE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE *** To write your Representative, click below to get started. This will allow you to send an email or a fax to your congressperson.

//www.thepeacealliance.org/action

NOTE: you can first visit our website to see if your congressional representative is already a co-sponsor at: //www.thepeacealliance.org/endorsements.htm If they are a co-sponsor, it is important that you still call to thank them and ask them to help garner more support with their colleagues in congress.

There will be no bill number assigned until after 11:00 a.m. eastern on the 14th. We will post the bill number on our website as soon as it is available on that day. In the meantime, just tell your Representative that you want them to support the Department of Peace bill. H.R. 1673 is last sessions bill number for reference. Call now and on the day the bill is re-introduced.

Please also call your senators and ask them to introduce the bill into the senate. Find your senators at //www.vote-smart.org

Join us now. Create a Department of Peace. Help make history. Together, we can do this.

You can also contribute to our campaign by making a financial donation on our website at //www.ThePeaceAlliance.org/donate, and by participating in and/or starting up a local campaign group. We already have active groups in more than 265 Congressional districts in over 46 states. Visit //www.thepeacealliance.org/organize


HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LEGISLATION:

-- Provide much-needed assistance for the efforts of city, county, and state governments in coordinating existing programs in their own communities, as well as programs newly developed and provided by the Dept. of Peace -- Teach violence prevention and mediation to America's school children -- Effectively treat and dismantle gang psychology -- Rehabilitate the prison population -- Build peace-making efforts among conflicting cultures both here and abroad -- Support our military with complementary approaches to ending violence -- Gather and coordinate information and recommendations from America's peace community -- The Department of Peace will create and administer a U.S. Peace Academy, acting as a sister organization to the U.S. Military Academy.

Learn more at //www.ThePeaceAlliance.org


Informant: Martin Greenhut

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"The time for peace is now. At the dawn of a new millennium, there is no better time to review age old challenges with new thinking that peace is not only the absence of violence, but the presence of a higher evolution of human awareness.” ~Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Participate in an historic citizen lobbying effort to create a U.S. Department of Peace, sponsored in the House of Representatives by Congressman Dennis Kucinich. This bill establishes nonviolence as an organizing principle of American society, providing the U.S. President with an array of peace-building policy options for domestic and international use. (The bills re-introduction for the 2005/2006 congressional session is forthcoming. To read our update, click here:
//en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=URLTracker&cmd=track&j=20350866&u=185417

The Department would focus on nonmilitary peaceful conflict resolutions, prevent violence and promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights. Domestically, the Department would be responsible for developing policies which address issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, mistreatment of the elderly, and other issues of cultural violence. Internationally, the Department would gather research, analyze foreign policy and make recommendations to the President on how to address the root causes of war and intervene before violence begins, while improving national security, including the protection of human rights and the prevention and de-escalation of unarmed and armed international conflict.

Please read the following letter describing our latest organizational efforts to move this work for peace forward, followed by more information about the Department of Peace legislation and how you can help make it happen!

Please help us spread the word! Forward this email...

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HISTORIC DoP LEGISLATION
(HR1673)

-Hold peace as an organizing principle in our society;

-Endeavor to promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights;

-Strengthen non-military means of peacemaking;

-Address matters both domestic and international in scope;

-Work to create peace, prevent violence, divert from armed conflict, use field-tested programs, and develop new structures in non-violent intervention, mediation, peaceful resolution of conflict, and structured mediation of conflict;

-Develop new programs that relate to the societal challenges of school violence, guns, racial or ethnic violence, violence against gays and lesbians, and police-community relations disputes.

-Facilitate the development of peace summits at which parties to a conflict may gather under carefully prepared conditions to promote non-violent communication and mutually beneficial solutions;

-Submit to the President recommendations for reductions in weapons of mass destruction, and make annual reports to the President on the sale of arms from the United States to other nations, with analysis of the impact of such sales on the defense of the United States and how such sales affect peace;

-Create new policies and incorporate existing programs that reduce drug and alcohol abuse;

-Develop new policies and incorporate existing policies regarding crime, punishment, and rehabilitation;

You can read the entire bill at //www.DoPcampaign.org


More Dept. of Peace Information...

The Dept. of Peace was introduced into the House of Representatives by Congressman Dennis Kucinich and currently has over 54 congressional co-sponsors. This bill establishes nonviolence as an organizing principle of American society, providing the U.S. President with an array of peace-building policy options for domestic and international use. From international conflicts to domestic issues such as gang, school and domestic violence -- the DoP would systematically root out the core causes of violence in our culture. A Department of Peace is no new idea, George Washington was one of the first people to declare how important such an effort would be to creating real peace on Earth.

The thirteenth amendment abolishing slavery; the nineteenth amendment providing women's suffrage; the Civil Rights legislation of the 1960's, were all critically important shifts in direction for our nation. Yet they weren't efforts born from within congress, they were brought to the forefront by strategic, well organized, well funded efforts ignited out of the will of we the people -- citizens making demands -- that pushed these issues into the mainstream and got them passed into law.

Similarly, we believe the Dept. of Peace is such an effort, and worthy of our collective support. Over the course of history people have always dreamed of peace, but we have never had a broad-reaching, well-funded, systemic structure to help make it a reality. We know that as a nation, now is the time that we must cultivate a real and lasting peace- the consequences of not doing so are almost too difficult to imagine. The Dept. of Peace legislation provides substance and meaning to the political yearnings of our generation. It systematically applies the power of peace to the eradication of root causes of violence.

Please call your representative today and ask them to support the legislation (you can find your congressperson at //www.congress.org). We have a step by step guide for how you can be an effective citizen advocate on our "Take Action" section of our website at: //dopcampaign.org/action.htm

We hope that you will learn more about this legislation at our website: //www.DoPcampaign.org


Please help us spread the word! Forward this email to everyone you know...

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiples it.

Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate, In fact violence merely increases hate.

So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

ORGANIZATIONAL ENDORSERS OF THE DoP LEGISLATION:

Amnesty International
Global Exchange
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Peace Action
N.O.W.
Veterans for Peace
Tikkun
and more...



The Peace Alliance and Foundation
PO Box 3259 - Center Line, Michigan 48015 USA
(586) 754-8105
//www.thepeaceallaince.org -- info@thepeaceallaince.org
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